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Do You Really Need AC in Your Car?

Most people think they can’t live without air conditioning in their car. This might be true if you live in Phoenix or Las Vegas, or maybe even Miami. However, for most of the world AC is a luxury you can probably live without. Let’s talk about why.

1. Most climates are moderate for large portions of the year. Sure it might get 100 degrees fahrenheit for about 1 month every summer, but how is the weather every spring, fall and winter. You won’t be thinking about ice cold ac when it’s snowing outside in February.

2. Most climates cool off in the mornings and evenings. Need to run an errand but it’s blazing hot outside? Wait until it’s dark. Riding in a car with the windows down on a cool summer’s evening is one of life’s simple pleasures. Just plan out your driving needs accordingly and save some money.

3. Rolling down the windows is cheaper. Running the AC in your car causes your fuel consumption to increase, making it more expensive to drive your car. With gas prices as high as they are and the likelihood that they will continue to increase, it makes sense to forgo spending money on something that will cost you more money. Just roll down the window. It will be cheaper now, and in the future.

4. AC repair jobs are EXPENSIVE! It is always worthwhile to take your car to a reputable repair shop to have them determine what is wrong and what it might cost to fix. However, the bottom line is AC repair is very very pricey. Even simple jobs are expensive due to the fact that any refrigerant in the system needs to be drained before any major work can be done on the system. Most shops will also charge you for diagnostic time as they determine what the problem is. Be careful and make sure you use a certified repair shop. Ask lots of questions and be prepared to take your car to another shop for a second opinion. Most repairs involving the compressor will require you to purchase a new compressor from the dealerships. This alone can cost upwards of 7-800 dollars, however, they are a necessary evil as remanufactured or used compressors are prone to failure and break-downs.

For more tips on how to keep cool while driving, check out other articles and Google. There are lots of ways to save money, save fuel, and save the planet. Roll down your window and keep your wallet fat, like it should be.



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